XP Pale Ale - Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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Reviews by BrewMaster:
4.18/5 rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Appearance: 22 oz bottle with no freshness markings poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Clear copper-red with a billowing tan head. The head is huge. The liquid part of the beer is at the top of the 'u' in Duvel on the side of the glass and the head goes all the way to the edge of the glass. Excellent retention and skeleton of bubbles as the beer sits. Perfect lacing and foam left on the side of glass.
Smell: Lightly toasty malt with a floral hoppy nose. The hop nose is pronounced with earthy and sandy notes.
Taste and Mouthfeel: Bursting with malty flavor. Saltine crackers and biscuits. Lemon and straw flavors layered over a gritty hop bitterness. Some sprizy lime flavors and malty sweetness round out the beer. The feel is alternates between smooth and grainy and is quite refreshing with a cool and clean finish. The aftertaste is very malty and tastes like wheat bread.
Drinkability: I like the complex citrusy hop and malt flavor balance. Crisp and bold flavors throughout. Refreshing and great with pizza or on its own. Well done.
Serving type: bottle
01-05-2006 01:01:18 | More by BrewMaster
More User Reviews:
3.99/5 rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25
A: Pours a clear golden orange to copper in color with moderate to significant amounts of very active visible carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass and some faint golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy foamy light beige head that reduces to a couple of medium sized patch of thick film (made up of larger bubbles) and a mottled thin film covering the majority of the remainder of the surface of the beer. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Moderate aromas of biscuit malts with a light amount of caramel sweetness and moderate aromas of citrus/orange zest + citrus/grapefruit pith hops.
T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of biscuit malts with a light to moderate amount of caramel sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of citrus/orange zest and citrus/grapefruit pith hops which contribute a light amount of bitterness that fades pretty quickly.
M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.
O: Extremely easy to drink and definitely sessionable. Really nice flavors and aromas with a low ABV make this one I would definitely purchase again. The light amounts of bitterness combined with the moderate flavors/aromas of hops is very enjoyable.
Serving type: bottle
09-10-2013 23:55:28 | More by dbrauneis
XP Pale Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 562 ratings.